The Mines Museum of Earth Science isn’t usually this scary. It transformed into a spooky scene at its annual Spooktacular, hosting more than 1,000 people, including 600 youngsters, most of them decked out in costumes.
For veterans of the free event held on Saturday, Spooktacular was an old trick. For others, it was a new treat.
The crowd was much bigger than the museum staff was expecting, Executive Director Renata Lafler said. Last year’s drew about 700 people. Lafler was thankful most of this year’s Spooktacular was outside, a contrast to prior years when the event was primarily in the building.
The reason for the change was that attendees stopped at stations along the museum displays, but that created some congestion as groups waited for their turns.
The fall weather was perfect for the outdoor crowd this year, including Colorado School of Mines mascot Blaster the Burro and Mr. Bones the Tyrannosaurus rex. Attendees visited face-painting and pumpkin-carving booths. There were also some themed for science, including a geode-cracking booth.
Inside, the museum displays were draped with cobwebs and other Halloween decorations, as visitors picked up goodies and posed for photos.
Lafler thanked the Morrison Natural History Museum, the U.S. Geological Survey, Miss Teen Colorado and Miss Golden and other local partners who helped make the event a success.
Spooktacular is the Mines Museum’s largest outreach event of the year, and a great trick-or-treat alternative for children who can’t have candy because of allergies, Lafler said. The museum and its partners endeavored to keep the event candy-free by putting together goodie bags of bouncy balls, stickers and other fun items.
The Mines Museum of Earth Science is free and open seven days a week. For more information on upcoming events and programming, visit mines.edu/museumofearthscience.
Click through the Transcript’s photo gallery of Spooktacular 2023 here: